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News Minute: Here is the latest Massachusetts news from The Associated Press

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BOSTON (AP) - Today could be a long one for Massachusetts lawmakers as they rush to wrap up work on several major proposals and adjourn their regular session. Lawmakers are expected to vote on compromise versions of several measures. They can meet informally the remainder of the year, but only to consider bills considered routine and not controversial.

BOSTON (AP) - Governor Deval Patrick this afternoon will administer the oath of office to Geraldine Hines as she takes her seat on the seven-member Supreme Judicial Court. Hines will be the first black woman to sit on the court. She fills the vacancy left when Ralph Gants was elevated to chief justice.

BOSTON (AP) - A state Senate panel's review of nearly 400 state boards, commissions and task force has turned up dozens that no longer meet or file reports. The review found several boards that appeared to have never met at all. The report suggests the state should dissolve unnecessary panels and move to find qualified people to serve on boards that still have a useful purpose.

BOSTON (AP) - The MBTA says serious crime on the system dropped over the first half of the year. Transit police say the system saw 384 serious crimes over the period, compared to 395 in the same period last year. Aggravated assault reports rose.

QUINCY, Mass. (AP) - Police are seeking tips from the public to help them solve yesterday's vandalism at a Quincy church. The Patriot Ledger reports a custodian found stained glass windows smashed by rocks and a youth center ransacked. The Community United Methodist Church's pastor calls the damage "infuriating" but she's also grateful nobody was hurt and no fires were set.

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